The Best Vapes For Dry Herbs & Concentrates
If you’re new to vaporizers then it may seem a bit overwhelming. As a starting point check out The SmokeSmith Gear Guide To Vaporizers. By definition vaping is the inhalation of any substance that is superheated into a vapor. Because vapes rely on convection instead of combustion, vaporizers work at a lower temperature and thus do not produce smoke. As a result they offer a healthy alternative to smoking because there are fewer carcinogens and toxins.
At SmokeSmith Gear we feature state of the art vaporizers that are ideal for consuming all types of materials, including dry herbs, concentrates, waxes, oils and e-liquids. Our lineup features desktop and portable vaporizers from leading brands such as Pax Labs, Storz & Bickel, DaVinci and Herbalizer, which makes one of the best vapes on the market. Check out our best vapes list to see more of the best vapes of 2018 and beyond.
The Anatomy of a Vaporizer
The basic vaping device consists of a tank/chamber/cartridge (to hold the materials), an atomizer that includes the heating element (often called a coil), and a power source (either a plug or a rechargeable battery that connects to a USB port). All vaporizers work by transferring heat to a wire coil. A wick is used to draw the heated substance (flower or oil) to the coil. When the substance is heated by the coil it vaporizes and can then be inhaled.
What Material Will You Be Vaping?
One of the first decisions to make is to determine what type of material you will be vaping. This is a personal decision, and it depends on your preferences. Dry herb refers to the flower. Concentrates refer to a variety of materials, ranging from oils to waxes. And E-liquids (or E-juice) are typically vaped by those looking for a nicotine replacement. Many vapes are built only for one material, such as the DaVinci IQ (great for dry herbs) or the Puffco+ (a perfect pen vape for concentrates). Others are dual use, like the Firefly 2 (which vapes both dry herb and concentrates). And there are a few that can vape dry herbs, concentrates and e-liquids, such as the V2 Pro Series 7 Vape Pen. Just make sure you know the materials capabilities before you buy a vape.
Should You Buy A Desktop Vape Or A Portable Vape?
Another decision you will have to make is whether you want a portable or a desktop vaporizer. Within the portable realm there are two types of vapes: Pen vapes and handheld devices. On the other end of the spectrum are desktop vapes, meant to be used at home and typically plugged into an outlet. If you only require a vaporizer while on the go, choose a small pen type such as the Atmos Boss. Another great portable option is the Gravity from Kandy Pens. On the other hand, if vaporizing at home is your main priority then a desktop version like the Storz & Bickel Volcano Digital or the Vapexhale Cloud Evo will give you a lot of functionality, great vapor production and years of hassle free use.
Conduction vs. Convection: What’s The Difference?
Two terms you will come across researching vapes are “conduction” and “convection.” Conduction is the transfer of heat through a substance or solid. This means that conduction heating elements make direct contact with your chosen substance. By contrast, convection is the transfer of thermal energy through a liquid or gas. Convection vaporizers function by circulating hot air throughout the heating chamber (but the heating element does not make contact with the vaped substance). Conduction style vapes heat up more quickly and offer portability and discretion. Convection heating produces better vapor quality and may be a better choice for those who want a vape to use while at home. Examples of top conduction vapes include the Pax 3 and the Airvape XS. To convection vapes include models like the Storz & Bickel Plenty and most of the desktop vapes we carry.
Don’t Forget About Vape Accessories
No matter what type of product you chose to consume, you’ll need to replace the coil and/or wick every so often. A corroded looking coil along with reduced vapor output will alert you that a change is needed. It’s also smart to keep extra batteries on hand in case the charge diminishes midway through a session. Check out our vape accessories to find coils and spare batteries along with screens, chargers and other replacement parts.